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  • Gove strikes again: The folly of phonics testing

    Phonics... Foniks... fawnicks... fonixs... phonix... You get the idea? I'm trying to come up with different letter combinations that you could interpret to be the word 'phonics'. Oh phonics, how I love you and hate you all at the same time. I love that you allow me to be creative with the language...

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  • Is Fiction Good for Readers and Bad for Writers?

    I heard two interesting things about literature today. According to academic Keith Oatley , reading fiction is very good for people. It improves our social performance. The more we read, the better we are at interacting with other people. Reading is like a flight simulator for life. Meanwhile Rick...

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  • Picture books: The read-aloudability factor

    I was having a chat with a friend last week about a new picture book. We both liked the book and had quite an animated discussion about why we loved it. I commented that the book was very read-aloudable – the words were so carefully crafted that it was virtually impossible to read the book aloud...

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  • Historic Hooley at Holyrood!

    In February, Katrina Lucas was one of thirteen teachers to receive Professional Recognition from the GTCS for her contribution to and development of Scots language teaching. Here, she describes how Scots can transform a classroom, engaging reluctant learners and giving them an identity in the...

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  • The science of human connection

    If I asked you to tell me about how you communicate with colleagues, friends and families, would you tell me about conversations, text messages or email? Communication has largely been looked at as vocabulary based, whether it is written or oral. Although we do communicate orally, there are other...

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  • Writing as Digging

    I recently read Nicola White’s blog post , ‘Stories need to be dug up, not built up’, and have been thinking about it a lot. Here’s an often-quoted passage from Stephen King’s On Writing: 'Stories are found things, like fossils in the ground… Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing...

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